John Wollaston / Anglican Community School - Items filtered by date: September 2017
Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Issue 14 Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

  • Family Rituals and Traditions                                    BACK

I was speaking with a friend the other day about the family rituals they enjoy at their home and it reminded me how important these unique events are. Family rituals give a sense of identity, routine, structure and sense of belonging to children and parents alike. They help define families by saying this is who we are and this is what we do. Family rituals could be any number of things, but may include, for example;, Friday night fish and chips, September school holidays in Kalbarri, milkshakes at your favourite café every Sunday morning or a phrase or saying that is uniquely said between family members.

Some family rituals may change over time and some family rituals may stay the same and even be passed down through the generations. I remember eagerly awaiting a visit from Father Christmas every Christmas Day, just after lunch. Father Christmas (always a dad/cousin/uncle) would distribute all the family presents to each member of the family. This would always be a large theatrical event which was a highlight of every Christmas Day. I always remember asking my Grandmother, every Christmas Day, ‘Who is going to be Father Christmas this year?’ She would always reply “The real one of course!” Even though my Grandmother has long past away, this remains an important ritual within my family and I always smile when I hear my children ask “Who is going to be Father Christmas this year?”

I encourage you to think about the rituals that are important to your family. What are the unique traditions and events that define your family? I also encourage you to introduce some new family rituals that may go on for years to come. Rituals and traditions strengthen family bonds by developing identity, security and positive memories for all. Please feel free to let me know the family rituals and traditions that your family enjoys.

All the best
Nick Jones
Deputy Principal Pastoral Care

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Issue 14 Head of Primary

  • Seminars on Anxiety and Depression                                    BACK
  • Encounter Experiences
  • Da Vinci winners in the news

Seminars on Anxiety and Depression
Clinical Psychologist Sally Green has provided seminars to staff and parents in recent weeks, with a pleasing attendance at the SEEDS Project Seminar on Tuesday 5 September. It is important that we are all aware of the signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression and know how to seek help if required. Seeking assistance for our mental health should be no different to seeking help for our physcial needs.

As you are aware, all of our Positive Education programmes are designed with a preventative and proactive approach. From Kindergarten into the Secondary School, we have a strong focus on socio-emotional learning and the principles of Positive Psychology. You will have noticed references to character and a growth mindset in our formal reports last semester and the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile has a clear focus on emotional growth.

We want our students to recognise feelings, regulate their feelings and establish a sound emotional vocabulary. This is the foundation of emotional intelligence. You will have noticed that at every assembly and other events, we encourage our students; to learn from their mistakes, show character strengths such as kindness and zest and tocare for each other. While we, like every person or organisation, are not perfect, we work very hard to provide excellent learning experiences for your children.

Encounter Experiences
This week the Year 5 cohort have had a wonderful time at their Year 5 Encounter Experience at the Swan Valley Adventure Centre. This is the first time we have stayed at this facility and it is fantastic. The students have enjoyed canoeing on the Swan River and especially loved jumping out of the canoes into the water and getting very muddy! The climbing wall has been a favourite, along with archery, the flying fox and an activity called the possum glider; where each student is launched up high wearing a harness. I know our students will come home exhausted, proud of themselves and with a story or two to share with their families. This Encounter is a great way to build resilience and prepare our students for Canberra in 2018.

The Year 3 group also enjoyed their Encounter Experience at Bickley Camp today. Students loved the flying fox, African drumming and team building games and many other activities. The Bickley Camp is the first Outdoor Education experience for John Wollaston students, with the aim of preparing all children for experiences in coming years, such as the Cape to Cape Encounter in Year 10.

Da Vinci winners in the news
LINK to story


Best wishes
Wayne Revitt
Head of Primary

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Issue 14 Business Manager

  • Visa / Mastercard Surcharge                                                                           BACK
  • The new Upper Primary Centre is going well

Visa / Mastercard Surcharge
Under the guidelines of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s new surcharging framework, please be advised that from 1 September 2017 the following surcharges applied for all card-paying customers using Visa / Mastercard Debit and Credit cards at the School.

  • Fee payments - 0.73% surcharge
  • Uniform Store purchases - 0.83% surcharge

If you have any queries regarding these charges, please do not hesitate to contact me.


The new Upper Primary Centre is going well
The exciting build for the new Upper Primary Centre is going well and staff and students are looking forward to moving in for Term 4.


Gailene Shore
Business Manager

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Friday, 08 September 2017 00:00

Issue 14 VET/Careers

  • WWI comes to life in Year 9 History                                   BACK
  • Chalk Café 
  • Are you interested in studying engineering? 
  • North Metropolitan TAFE courses
  • Le Cordon Bleu Australia - Bachelor of Business
  • CQ University in Perth - Bachelor of Echocardiology

WWI comes to life in Year 9 History


The Year 9 History class is studying WWI. Students are working on an empathy diary task. Some of the small memories soldiers may have during the war are situations where they receive letters, biscuits, smokes, etc…

Mrs Bissell took the Year 9 class into the commercial kitchen this week and they baked ANZAC biscuits. The Army biscuit, also known as an "ANZAC Wafer", or "ANZAC Tile", is essentially a long shelf-life, hard tack biscuit, eaten as a substitute for bread. They were a sweet treat, non-perishable and provided a good amount of energy for soldiers during WWI. The students loved the activity as it brought History to life.

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Chalk Café 
This year, the Year 12 Hospitality students have operated the Chalk Café each Tuesday morning to serve staff breakfast and also offer coffee and bakery items to parents. Last week, they offered a buffet style breakfast as one of the final Café openings for the year. The feedback was very positive and we are planning a buffet for our final service on 10 October 2017. The students have enjoyed the interactions with staff and parents and the opportunity to improve their hospitality skills. We thank you for the support this year and your contribution to improving the students’ hospitality skills. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 10 October.

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Are you interested in studying engineering? 
The Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) is a college dedicated to world-class education in engineering and to you as a learner. Like Australian universities EIT offers Australian accredited Bachelor of Science degrees across four streams of engineering. In this world of rapidly changing technology the qualifications are inspired and driven by industry to prepare you for an exciting career in engineering. EIT would love to hear from you.


North Metropolitan TAFE courses

 C17 060 Introduction to Lab SkillsfACEBOOKSIZE

Certificate II in Sampling and Measurement.

Enrolment Form CLICK HERE.


Le Cordon Bleu Australia -Bachelor of Business
Le Cordon Bleu Australia is offering a Bachelor of Business (Tourism Management) at the new Perth campus.  The degree includes two stages of six months paid real industry workplace experience either in Perth or in a variety of global locations.  The course offers an alternative entry pathway to a Business degree with Year 12 WACE being the entry requirement and a requirement to be 18 years of age when the course commences.  There are also scholarship opportunities for Australian students.

For more information visit


CQ University in Perth - Bachelor of Echocardiology
CQ University in Perth is offering the Bachelor of Echocardiology (Cardiac Physiology) and the Bachelor of Medical Sonography from its Perth Campus at 10 William Street, Perth.  Both these courses are said to offer excellent career opportunities and include clinical placements during the 4 year Degree and Graduate Diploma pathway.

  • CQU is having an open day on Saturday 9September from 9:00am to 1:00pm.

For more information visit or see the display outside of the VET office.


Best wishes
Susan Leach
VET/Careers Coordinator
Hospitality Coordinator

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Issue 14 Parents and Friends

  • Busy time ahead                                                                           BACK
  • Grandparents’ Day Friday 15 September
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Saturday 16 September
  • P&F Disco - Festival of Lights Friday 20 October
  • P&F Annual Sundowner - Wednesday 22 November
  • Morning Tea – Chalk Café

Busy time ahead
There are only two more P&F meetings for 2017 and yet so many events to keep us on our toes.

We still have one more Disco for students K-7, a Bunnings Sausage sizzle, an end of year Sundowner, Grandparents’ day, as well as helping out at Praise and Thanksgiving events serving refreshments. A busy end to the year!

Not to mention planning for next years' Welcome Back BBQ event for the whole school community.

If you can help out serving tea and coffee in the kiosk at Grandparents’ Day or at the other events, help cook a sausage at Bunnings or have an idea for next year, PLEASE email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Many hands make light work. Our motto at the P&F is that We are Small but we are Mighty. But even we need help sometimes.

Grandparents’ Day
On Friday 15 September the School will hold its annual Grandparents’ Day. The P&F Committee kindly supply the tea, coffee and biscuits after the assembly. If you can help out in the kiosk please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
Saturday 16 September is the next date for the P&F sausage sizzle at Bunnings in Harrisdale. If you can help out at all please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Under the guidance of our Barbecue King, Mark Del Borrello, we will be there all day so come and say ‘hello’ and grab a yummy sausage or two! We hope to see you there!

P&F Meeting dates 2017 Library Resource Centre (LRC) 7:00pm

Thursday 12 October 
Thursday 9 November 

If you have any questions or suggestions please make contact with the P&F via email, in person around the School or come along to one of our meetings in the LRC. Everyone is welcome! 

P&F Disco - Festival of Lights
Friday 20 October. $5 at the door. More information to follow.

P&F annual Sundowner - Wednesday 22 November
On Wednesday 22 November the P&F will host the annual Sundowner for families and staff to socialise and celebrate a wonderful 2017! More information will be available in coming newsletters.

Morning Tea – Chalk Café
We know that night time commitments with small children can be hard, that's why the Committee is trying new ways to connect with the school community.

On the first Tuesday of every month during school term time, some of the Committee will be at the Chalk Café to have a cuppa and a chat with anyone who would like to come down and find out what the P&F are doing or talk about some ideas of their own. We are all busy parents just like you and would love to see new faces and hear new voices discussing how we make our terrific school an even better place to be for our children, or just meet a new friend. So drop the kids at class and come on down to the Chalk Café in the Technology Centre.

Chalk Café dates:

  • Tuesday 10 October (Last Chalk Café of the year due to Year 12 finishing)

Sonja Reynolds
President Parents and Friends Association

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P&F Committee for 2017

President: Sonja Reynolds
Vice President: Mark Del Borrello 
Treasurer: Tricia Duggin
Secretary: Fiona Caruso

General Committee:
Chris Asphar, Rebecca Baskerville, Derek Heatherly, Sharon Leitch, Rajesh Paul, Susanne Price and Natalie Smart. 

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Issue 14 Community Relations

  • TAFE Open Day, Design Studio and evening talk on Fashion & Education                                   BACK

  • AU PAIR Information Session

  • ECU is excited to invite you to some of our upcoming events

TAFE Open Day, Design Studio and evening talk on Fashion & Education
See flyer for key information for students interested in pursuing a career in fashion, design, fashion business, and eCommerce.
ctrl+alt+create is a South Metropolitan TAFE Fashion initiative spanning five days in September, as part of the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Cultural Program.
This is of particular interest for students considering a career in the exhilarating, dynamic and creative fashion industry.

Below is a summary of the day with key timing and information.

For staff, students or parents interested in attending, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 0412 277 207.



AU PAIR Information Session

An information meeting on Saturday 9 September from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Curtin University. To confirm a place call 1800 677 373 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



ECU is excited to invite you to some of our upcoming events
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Teacher Education Information Evening
ECU's Teacher Education Information Evening gives you the opportunity to learn more about our well-established yet practical courses, delivered in state-of-the-art facilities by passionate lecturers and we outline the various entry pathways we offer. 

Where: ECU Joondalup Campus
 Wednesday13 September at 6:00pm

Please register here.

Business and Law Information Evening
At our Business and Law information evening you will find out all about these courses and more, plus receive information about admission requirements, entry pathways and other details on ECU's student support services - all presented by our expert academic staff who are more than happy to answer your queries and help you to take the next step in your professional career.

Where: ECU Joondalup Campus
 Thursday 14 September at 6:00pm

Please register here.

WAAPA Arts Management and Live Production Information Evening
The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University is one of the world's leading performing arts academies. WAAPA is recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of its graduates. WAAPA offers the only full-time, undergraduate Arts Management course in Australasia and our production and design programs prepare students for a range of technical live production disciplines, including:
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Stage Management
  • Costume
  • Design 
  • Props and Scenery

To find out more about these exciting courses, come along to our WAAPA Arts Management and Live Production Information Evening.

Where: ECU Mount Lawley Campus
When: Thursday 14 September at 6:00pm

Please register here.

Security and Computing Information Evening
Please join us at this session to learn about opportunities to study abroad and work with international partners such as Emirates, ECU's partner institution in Dubai, all while completing your course.

With world class technology and teaching, plus study supported by close links with industry as well as Work Integrated Learning, you'll graduate with infinite career possibilities within Australia, as well as internationally.

Where: ECU Joondalup Campus
Wednesday 20 September at 6:00pm

Please register here.

For a full list of our upcoming events please visitFuture Student Events.

Kind Regards,

Lauren Tyler

Event Coordinator, Student Recruitment
Marketing and Communications Services Centre

Edith Cowan University

270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup WA 6027
Phone: (08) 6304 2807

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Best wishes
Community Relations


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Issue 14 Uniform Store - Summer

  • Term 4 Summer Uniform is to be worn                                     BACK

Students return for Term 4 in full Summer Uniform on Tuesday 10 October.

Holiday Trading

Friday 6 October 8:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday 7 October 8:00am – 11:00am
Tuesday 10 October 8:00am – 10:00am and 1:30pm -3:30pm
Wednesday 11 October 8:00am – 10:00am


Early Learning Centre (ELC) Kindergarten to Year 2  Summer Uniform - Girls and Boys
JW shorts and red polo shirt with stripe on collar and sleeve (embroidered with School crest), navy sport socks with red and white stripe, white sneakers and JW hat.

Primary and Secondary Summer Uniform
Boys: Navy blue shorts, white shirt and long navy socks with red stripe, JW hat/cap.
Girls: Dress and crew socks with red stripe, JW hat/cap.


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Uniform Requirements

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Years 3 to Year 6

Years 7 to Year 12


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Eearly Childhood
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 2
Uniform Price List 

Primary Years 3 to 6
Summer Uniform Price List

Primary Years 3 to 6 
Winter Uniform Price List 

Secondary Years 7 to 12
 Summer Uniform Price List

Secondary Years 7 to 12
Winter Uniform Price List 

 All credit cards purchases will incur a 0.88% surcharge.



The Uniform Store is located at the front of the School to the right of the Administration building, near the Chapel. It has wheelchair and pram friendly access. Parking is available for visitors behind the Berry Durston Indoor Sports Centre or across the road in the New Spring Church carpark in white marked bays.

Uniform Store: 9495 8129
Uniform Store Coordinator: Wendy Brinner
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